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What’s for Dinner?

As evening approaches each day, I pay Tim a visit in the office to ask if he has any ideas for dinner. His answer is almost always, “I don’t know.” (And if he does have a suggestion, it’s usually fajitas, macaroni and cheese, or nachos.)

So… we’re terrible at planning meals. I would love it if someone gave me a list of dinner ideas and tasked me with choosing the recipes, shopping for groceries, and cooking the food. I thoroughly enjoy cooking and am happy to make dinner — it’s just the initial brainstorming that stumps me. If anyone knows of a great blog or website that offers weekly menus, please let me know.

So in case any of you are in the same boat, I thought I’d share my list of what we’ve been eating lately:

Roasted Veggie and Black Bean Burritos, photo courtesy Aggie’s Kitchen

  • Braided Reubens: This was a fun change from our usual dinners. It could use a lot more filling than what’s called for. Tim suggested adding a Reuben-appropriate dressing next time.
  • Whole Wheat Crepes with Honey Cream Cheese: These were great for Sunday pre-church brunch. They didn’t taste wheaty at all and were lovely with strawberries and bananas inside.
  • Martha’s Bean Burritos: I suppose most people don’t need a recipe for bean burritos… but sometimes I do. For this recipe, I upped the rice, added chipotle chiles in adobo sauce instead of jalapenos, and added cayenne and chili pepper. I mixed everything together to stuff the burritos.
  • Mushroom Risotto: This recipe will knock your socks off. I didn’t use dried mushrooms (just extra fresh) and I also left out the truffle oil. Divine.
  • Summer Vegetable Tostadas: We’ve made these on a few occasions, and I love ’em every time. The recipe calls for chicken, but I leave it out since we go meatless most nights. We add a little more heat than the recipe calls for.
  • California BLT with Avocado and Basil Mayonnaise: Avocados have been around $0.60 apiece at Costco lately, so we’ve been downing them like crazy. I’m just waiting for Costco to start selling nitrate-free bacon so I can quit buying small packages at TJ’s that disappear much too quickly. The basil mayo in this recipe is really fun.

photo courtesy theKitchn

  • Fried Rice: Fried rice is another dish that probably doesn’t necessitate a recipe. But sometimes I need reminders on fried rice essentials, like using cold rice. We usually leave out the meat and add carrots, mushrooms, peppers, snow peas, etc. And I don’t add water to the soy sauce like it suggests.
  • Roast Chicken with Balsamic Peppers: I only started liking peppers a few years ago, and now I love them. I double the peppers for this super easy recipe.
  • Arugula Pesto: Tim and I go back and forth about whether we like regular (basil) pesto or this version better. The conclusion is that we love both. I use considerably less garlic than she calls for in this recipe.
  • Sausage and Brie Sandwiches with Red Pepper Coulis: I’ve had a few packs of chicken/apple sausages in my freezer for awhile, and this was a perfect way to use them. The coulis didn’t have a strong enough red pepper taste for my liking, so next time I’ll cut back on the other ingredients. Love the brie with the sausage.
  • Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza with Caramelized Onions: If I could only eat one type of pizza for the rest of my life, this would be it. We use the Cook’s Illustrated pizza dough recipe.
  • Ina’s Mac and Cheese: I use an apple-smoked Gruyere for this (plus cheddar) and it’s perfection. I leave out the tomatoes and use homemade wheat breadcrumbs instead of white. And no butter on top — the breadcrumbs do just fine without it. And my figure is better off without it.

Oh, did you want a few side dish and dessert ideas, too?

photo courtesy Smitten Kitchen

  • Lemon Bars: Every time I make lemon bars I wonder if I should branch out and try a new recipe or stick with the classic Ina. Ina always wins. Although, she likes sugar a little too much — you really only need two cups of it in the lemon mixture instead of the three she calls for.

And now it’s 4:15 p.m. and I’m out of dinner ideas. I think we’ll order Thai.

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Comments: 4

  1. salem March 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm Reply

    You’re list doesn’t make it seem like you’re lacking in ideas. 🙂 And I’m surprised to read the beginning of your post because from your pins it seems like you are always making the yummiest things! I really need to get my blog going again, and maybe would if I could get someone to do it with me. And it also needs a huge makeover. Anyway, want to start it up again with me? If we only had to plan every other week it could be pretty easy! Wow, this is a long comment. We should really chat more often….

  2. Rachael March 5, 2013 at 4:03 pm Reply

    I am the worst at menu planning. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  3. Page March 15, 2013 at 11:40 pm Reply

    Wow, great list. Will try some for sure.

  4. Russanne April 20, 2013 at 12:16 pm Reply

    I’m making everything on this list. I of course started with the salted caramel brownies, I gifted half if them to a friend and my goodness! We both can’t stop talking about them. I added less sugar in it though to make up for the salted caramel frosting I put on them! It was a good idea.

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